Definition of do without in US English:

do without

phrasal verb

usually can do without
  • 1Manage without.

    ‘she could do without cigarettes for a day’
    • ‘I explained that doing without food was the key element here.’
    • ‘This story goes a little further because the couple says that they actually enjoy their sacrifices, speaking as though saving money and doing without things like a DVD player and cell phone are part of an enjoyable game.’
    • ‘Twenty-one percent did without food to try to pay their bills.’
    • ‘What is the one organic food or drink product you can't do without?’
    • ‘A crucifying mortgage bill can be avoided if you decide to wait and do without your dream home for a few years.’
    • ‘She does without herbicides as well, preferring to weed by hand.’
    • ‘She had tried, unsuccessfully, to give up the habit on several occasions; the best she had achieved was doing without cigarettes for a couple of weeks at a time.’
    • ‘Space has to be found for everything, even if it means the principal does without an office, a desk or even a seat.’
    • ‘Try doing without cigs, booze and satellite TV, then the children would have fresh veg, meat and warm clothing for winter.’
    • ‘The rest of the crew had set off from San Francisco around the same time as us but were manfully doing without sleep and so were around 10 hours ahead of us.’
    forgo, dispense with, abstain from, refrain from, eschew, give up, renounce, forswear, swear off, keep off, keep away from, manage without
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    1. 1.1informal Would prefer not to have.
      ‘I can do without your complaints first thing in the morning’
      • ‘I could do without the occasional looks of pity I've had from them.’
      • ‘I had become so unreliable, unpredictable and frankly, an embarrassment they could do without.’
      • ‘Although from my point of view as a manager, this is something I could do without, full stop.’
      • ‘Determined to make a go of their new life, they decide that women are a distraction they can do without and swear off them for three years.’
      • ‘I'm sure he can do without the extra humiliation.’